Fernando Alonso looks set to start the Monaco Grand Prix from the back of the grid after his Ferrari team admitted defeat in the race to rebuild the Spaniard's car following its practice shunt.

Alonso lost control of the F10 on the rise to Massenet, ripping off its right-hand side as it scraped along the barriers, and left the Scuderia with just over two hours to completely reconstruct the machine before it was due to hit the track for the first phase of knock-out qualifying. Subsequent examination of the car, however, has revealed a crack in the chassis, and whispers from the paddock in Monaco now suggest that the team will not be able to make the deadline.

"Fernando Alonso will not make qualifying after his P3 crash. Car very badly damaged." BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie claimed on her Twitter feed.

As a result, the double world champion will start the most grid-critical event of the year from 24th and last, not only a long way behind his championship rivals, but also behind the six newcomer cars that many had suggested ought to be given their own qualifying session owing to the speed difference to the more-established runners.

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